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tonight, breaking developments. we're on the scene of the deadly train derailment. federal investigators talking moments ago, revealing how fast that train was going. speeding toward disaster. the death toll rising. tonight, the search for those still missing. and we take you inside the trauma ward. also the chaos inside the train. passengers using flashlights on their phones to crawl out. >> keep crawling okay? also tonight, the wild scene on the streets of new york city. police opening fire. the suspect armed with a hammer. attacking a female police officer. the growing mystery tonight. the american military helicopter that vanished. among the missing, six u.s. marines, trying to help after the earthquake. and a hidden world tonight. more people have been to space than to this secret cave. tonight, the drones overhead. can you guess, where is ginger zee?
and good evening from philadelphia. where federal investigators late today revealed the amtrak train that derailed here overnight was, in fact going more than 100 miles per hour at the time of the crash. the speed limit on that curve, just 50 miles per hour. you can see the cranes up over my shoulder lifting up some of the debris from that train. and tonight, we take you to live pictures from abc 6 over the scene here in philadelphia. as we learn the engineer on the train has met with police and federal investigators, not saying much. he has an attorney. overnight, the devastation from above. rescuers using what little light they had to find passengers. this morning, we were here as the sun came up revealing the true scope of the devastation here. and these new images coming in right now from the scene, from federal investigators, right there on the tracks. tonight, the death toll rising. now seven dead. another body recovered today. among them a young son, a naval
academy midshipman a popular student athlete. we have a team on the ground and we begin here with the haunting images from inside the train, moments after it came to a deafening halt. tonight, the frantic images from inside the mangled cars right after the train derailed. the passengers thrown from their seats. luggage sent flying through the air. >> there's people stuck in here. they can't get out. >> reporter: passengers helping one another, calling out to each other. >> is everybody out of this car? >> reporter: after those seven cars came to a screeching halt those passengers knew they had to get out. >> i got you, okay? okay? keep crawling, okay? >> reporter: outside the train, in the dark, the passengers stunned. >> was there any warning at all before this happened? >> no, no. >> basically the train tilted over and rolled. >> reporter: 7:10 p.m. amtrak 188 leaving washington, d.c. 238 passengers on board, five crew members. 9:28 p.m. the first call the train ripping from the tracks on a sharp curve in philadelphia's frankford neighborhood. moments later, the emergency
calls. >> we're going to classify this as a mass casualty incident. >> one train looks like it's completely in pieces. >> reporter: the urgent search for passengers in the darkness. rescuers using flashlights. surrounded by the twisted cars. three on their sides. one upside down. the others off the tracks. >> we have people on the tracks and a couple of cars overturned. >> reporter: and almost immediately, the images of the walking wounded. covered in blood, but alive. many climbing out through windows. some climbing up onto seats, to crawl out through the roof. beth davidz told me she was among them, the scratches to her face. >> all i just remember is it felt like a turn. you could just feel like then you knew it was more than just a turn. i mean because the whole car was turning on its side. and then it was just kind of a slow moment of darkness as you're kind of tumbling with people and things and chairs and, i mean all the seats were falling. >> reporter: the passengers
everywhere needing help. first responders helping this man get medical help. so many patients, they used buses to get them to area hospitals. many limping and unsteady. more than 200 treated at local hospitals, ten in critical condition tonight. inside the trauma ward doctors telling me the severity of the injuries revealed just how far and how fast these passengers were thrown. the moment you saw these injuries you said this is consistent with a train derailment. >> absolutely. they had some broken bones, bruising they had cuts and scrapes. mostly everybody was what we call blunt trauma. >> reporter: overnight, they were still searching for loved ones they were waiting for word on. >> we had a work meeting and she left at 8:46 to get on the 9:00 and her husband, she had told she was on the train. >> reporter: that mother still missing tonight. from the sky, you could see the engine detached. seven cars off the at daybreak today, the scope of the disaster revealed. 6:00 a.m.
federal investigators on the scene here this morning. they've been here all night long. and if you look, you can see one of the cars actually leaning there. investigators right at the tail end there right on the tracks above the telephone poles that have been drawn in during the derailment. obviously the big question this morning, the big a role did speed play in this? did the turn in the track actually play a role too. tonight, investigators revealing the train going more than 100 miles per hour. they expect the box to reveal even more critical clues. abc news has learned the train engineer gave initial statements to police detectives here and today, met for a time with federal investigators. as authorities also reveal some of the 238 passengers on board are still unaccounted for tonight. as leonard, a husband and father recovers. this was his first time taking the train trapped underneath. he told me he remembers the officer who held his hand. >> one cop held my hand which made me feel comfort.
>> that patient telling me he hasn't slept yet, safing that every time he closes his eyes he feels like they're crashing again. federal investigators are on the scene tonight. as you heard me report there, that train was traveling more than twice the speed limit as it hit that turn. the train's engine less than a year old and the tracks inspected the day before. abc's david kerley the crucial klums already tonight, he's here in philadelphia, as well. david? >> reporter: good evening, david. you mentioned it. the most important clue is speed. and this train was going faster than the speed limit on the straight part of the track and double the speed on the curve that's behind these buildings. the question tonight, why was it going so fast? this box, the event data recorder items the horrific story of too much speed. the devastating destruction of the amtrak train cannot hide the clues that will solve this tragedy. this is about speed? >> certainly the speed of the train is something that we will be looking at to determine if that was a factor in the derailment. >> reporter: the rail lines north out of philadelphia are
straight with a speed limit of 80 miles an hour. but approaching the frankford neighborhood a left corner. the speed is cut to 50 miles an hour. but amtrak train 188 leaves the philly station at 9:10 p.m. and 11 later, at 9:21, it is traveling at twice that speed, 106 miles an hour, when the engineer trips the emergency brakes. it's too late. when it hits the corner the train jumps the tracks which are twisted and deformed by the force. the engineer survives suffering only minor injuries. he talked to police briefly, but did not give a formal statement before calling a lawyer and leaving the police station. can you think of any reason a train having just left the station would get up to 100 miles an hour? >> well we want to look at that. we want to look at the acceleration of the train. we want to look at how the train was operated. >> reporter: the 1-year-old high tech electric engine came to rest upright in the dirt. but behind it the first passengerer car, twisted and mangled. the next three cars on their side.
the last three still standing. ntsb board member sumwall tells me they are going to remove five of the cars and the engine. they are leaving two cars there, the most damaged cars. david, there is a chance there may be additional victims in the damaged cars. >> of course. david kerley who covers transportation right here in philadelphia with us. we're learning more at this hour about the victims. the naval academy student on his way home to see his family. also the father of two lost. so many at the end of their work days a student going home. abc's david wright, also here in philadelphia tonight. >> reporter: among the dead, justin zemser just two months past his 20th birthday. his mother's bride and joy. >> he was his high school valedictorian and was just finishing up his second year at the united states naval academy. >> he played football for navy wide receiver. and was headed home to rockaway beach at the end of the school year. his journey home cut short. so many people take that train. thousands every day. moms and dads, daughters sand
sons. tonight, more people missing. bob gildersleeve sr. passing out pictures. >> bobby is 64'4", blond hair beautiful blue eyes. >> reporter: also missing, 39-year-old rachel jacobs. she texted her husband at quarter to 9:00 last night she just caught the train. that's the last anyone heard from her. a ceo of a philadelphia tech startup, she's been commuting from new york. friends have been searching the hospitals in vain. >> i think we're in the -- just try to find her mode without thinking of the worst case scenario right now. >> reporter: 48-year-old jim gaines, a married father of two, was in d.c. on a quick trip for work at the associated press. a job he did with contagious passion. the a.p. recently named him geek of the month. gaines was the patient who died overnight here at temple university hospital. david, at this hour 23 people remain hospitalized here at
temple. eight of them critical. but the doctors say they're optimistic that all of them will pull through. david? >> david wright tonight. david, thank you. and one more note just hours after the derailment a political headline in washington tonight. a battle over funding for amtrak. house republicans voting to cut amtrak's budget by $251 million, citing spending limits asking to see the crash report before they reconsider. we'll have much more on the tragedy on the tracks tonight on "nightline" and tomorrow morning on "good morning america." but we do move on now, and to a moment of horror on the streets of new york city a street corner full of tourists today. the suspect swinging a haller attacking a female police officer, all in broad daylight. abc's linsey davis in new york tonight. >> clear the sidewalk! >> reporter: it all happened so fast. surveillance video capturing the moment, a man wielding a hammer runs after a female new york city police officer right into a busy intersection, hitting her several times. her partner shooting the suspect. tonight, credited with possibly saving her life.
>> i just saw a guy get shot. >> reporter: innocent bystanders instantly made eyewitnesses in the heart of midtown manhattan in the middle of the day. >> we have a perp down. >> reporter: police had been on the lookout for the 30-year-old allegedly involved in at least four hammer attacks in manhattan on monday. when these two officers recognized and then confronted him, police say the suspect immediately pulled out this hammer. >> he violently attacked them, unprovoked. >> reporter: police say the suspect, known for a history of psychological problems, has at least eight prior arrests. that suspect is now in critical but stable condition at the hospital. as for the female officer -- david? >> linsey thank you. we turn now to nepal and the all-out search for the six american marines flying a american military helicopter like this one, vanishing without a trace as they rushed to the scene of that deadly earthquake. the search suspended for the night as the mystery deepens for
that entire team on board. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz tonight. >> reporter: another day of searching these rugged mountains, with no sign of the missing americans. the six marines and two nepalese had been delivering rice, tarps and other supplies to these remote areas, just hours after the deadly aftershock hit nepal yesterday. today, ronald norgren posted a message on facebook today, saying "our son chris was flying the helicopter that is now missing in nepal." he's urging for prayers. the uh-1y does have an emergency beacon on board, but officials say it is only activated automatically, if it hits water. but each of the six crewmembers would have had a survival beacon and radio with them. >> that is capable of transmitting both on satellite frequencies, as well as civilian emergency frequencies. >> reporter: the crew would have had to turn the beacon or radio
on themselves, and searchers have heard nothing. >> even satellite frequencies sometimes can be hard to get out when you're in a mountainous terrain. >> reporter: the search will resume again in a few hours. the marine corps is trying to remain hopeful. they say that while there has been no communication from any of the six, there has been no indication of a crash or flames or smoke, either. david? >> martha raddatz live in washington tonight. martha, thank you. now, to breaking news out of afghanistan tonight. dozens of people held hostage. two people from india confirmed dead tonight. back here at home now, and the southwest dealing with dangerous flash flooding after drenching rains. flash flood watches in texas and oklahoma tonight. and this evening, the rescues already under way. look in buffalo bayou, three people pulled from the flood waters. this neighborhood in corpus christi under water. the mailman still making his rounds. and this car, no match for the
rushing water. as tonight, new storms power up meteorologist rob marciano at the weather wall back in new york. rob? >> reporter:round already saturated, david, from all the rainfall they got this past week. in the past 24 hours, another eight to nine inches from corpus eight to ten inches from corpus christi to houston and that's why you're seeing all that flooding today. tonight, san antonio to austin to dallas, that's where the bulk of the heavier rain is. we'll get some drier weather behind this, but until then flash flood watches up tonight, for not only texas, but up through oklahoma. one day of dry weather and then we reset the stage on friday for the threat of severe weather. david? >> rob marciano with us tonight. rob, thank you. to bostonn this evening and bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev. deliberations have begin now. the jury will decide whether he should live or die. one side in court today arguing tsarnaev is a cold blooded killer who feels no remorse. the other, making the case that tsarnaev was once a gentle little boy led astray by his older brother and he has, quote, the potential for redemption. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. new developments in that home
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queens new york. we're ending here tonight with the heroes the perfect strangers we met who helped one another. >> reporter: they call philadelphia the city of brotherly love. and we were moved today by all of the acts of kindness. that husband and father trapped in the train, who told me he remembers waiting for help and the officer who held his hand. leonard later told me something else. that his 5-year-old son saw him on the news. >> looked at the news and he said there's daddy, he's missing his hat, his glasses and his smile. >> reporter: tonight, he wants his boy to know he's smiling again. so many stories of passengers helping strangers who were trapped with them. >> the car kind of filled with smoke and so people were like it's time to get out. >> reporter: and then there was the nurse. joan a passenger, even with fractured ribs she was helping everyone else. >> you know i tried to help anybody who was there. there's many injured people on the train and they're very very upset. >> reporter: and at the crash site one more act of kindness. a passengerer who lost her shoes
during impact they were blown off of her feet, and the unexpected gift. >> someone told me that i have been dill leer use and they carried me off. the shoes? my shoes? are not my shoes. i lost my shoes. a lady gave me her shoes. >> reporter: a gift from a complete stranger who got her through. stranger giving her a pair of shoes. and that is "world news tonight" from philadelphia. much more on "nightline" and on "good morning america." and i'll see you right back here from new york tomorrow night. until then, good night.
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